- National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola has denied being involved in the Phala Phala saga
- The Presidential Protection Unit did not report to him at the time of the alleged cover-up, meaning he had nothing to do with what went down
- The Economic Freedom Fighters is calling for Masemola resignation and said he has "no moral integrity”
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Cape Town – National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola has seemingly distanced himself from the Phala Phala scandal. The top cop said the alleged cover-up of a burglary at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s farm had nothing to do with him.
Masemola said that the Presidential Protection Unit did not report to him at the time. According to IOL, he said if people are deployed at a divisional level, there’s nothing wrong with such a deployment. Masemola added that former commissioner Kehla Sitole, who is the current head of the Presidential Protection Unit, should be questioned about the deployments.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters are calling for Masemola to resign and for his arrest. The party believes that the commissioner lacks the “moral integrity” to remain in his position.
The EFF said that Masemola is preoccupied with servicing the tender interests of the ruling party and using state resources to aid the criminal activities of politicians. The EFF also called for “law-abiding” South Africans to unite behind the call for Ramaphosa to step down.
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The party’s leader, Julius Malema, also suggested that KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi should replace Masemola. He added that when you look at Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi in uniform, you see a man who is disciplined and determined to deal with crime, TimesLIVE reported.
South Africans react to the allegations surrounding Masemola and Malema’s suggestions:
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“The EFF calls for the immediate resignation and arrest of Fannie Masemola as he has no moral integrity... A bit rich coming from the EFF. Share the VBS loot.”
“And yet most of the sh*t is happening in KZN, where are all the looters?”
“Wait until he executes a court order to make an arrest of VBS criminals.”
“Two minutes in office and already involved in scandals.”
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In a related matter, Briefly News also reported EFF leader Julius Malema posted a congratulatory tweet celebrating the appointment of Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola.
This was before he fired shots at the country’s Minister of Police, Bheki Cele. Julius Malema’s warned the new police commissioner:
“Please be aware of Bheki Cele. He will do everything in his power to make sure you fail.”
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Source: Briefly News